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Grateful Dead Live at Shea's Theatre on 1979-01-20

One The Promised Land ; Sugaree ; El Paso ; Peggy-O ; It's All Over Now ; Jack-A-Roe ; New Minglewood Blues ; Stagger Lee ; Jack Straw

Two I Need A Miracle > Bertha > Good Lovin' ; Loser ; Estimated Prophet > The Other One > Drums > Space > The Other One > Dark Star > Not Fade Away > Sugar Magnolia

Encore One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Shea's Theatre
Location Buffalo, NY

Source (FOB/6th Row) Nakamichi 700 (Sony D5/Dolby B) -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> CD -> FLAC
Lineage Flac -> Adobe Audition > Samplitude Professional > FLAC > DAW(Bertha) > FLAC
Taped by Jerry Moore
Transferred by Charlie Miller and Jay Ashley


-- Recorded By Jerry Moore
-- Whole show without Donna
-- This is a remaster is shnid=86374
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction

Digitally Remastered using the Bertha Digital Audio Workstation and its proprietary Audio and Restoration processes. Completed 7/3/2009 by

I will only work on the very best Audience recordings due to the difficult nature of the beast. In Jerry Moore's memory I spent even more time than ususal to make this one special and I think Bertha's audio and restoration processes have brought out every bit of the beauty of this recording.

Rest well Brother.

jay ashley


Reviewer: timewarpwiretap - - January 20, 2014
Subject: Down-loadable Gold!!!
The stars lined up for this one. Clear PA and a superb tape job. Polished up to perfection. Many thanks to all the loving hands.......
Reviewer: darkstarcrashes_79 - - September 21, 2013
Subject: smokin 79 show
and definitely one of the best audience recordings in the Archives.liked the Sugaree not the best by far in this era but still sweet. the Peggy-O is definitely the hi-lite of the 1st set. love the 2nd set Loser real good one this one is tight w/ emotion but the bread and butter of this set is The Other D/S Jam Other One Dark Star run. Great show in a good year would see my first show later this year at the Stanley Theatre in December easy 4 not quite a 5 but close
Reviewer: Hood12 - - May 26, 2012
Subject: Peggyo
No doubt beautifully clean and crisp. Garcia's playing is unimaginable in the Peggyo, absolutely gorgeous...beautiful depth, so subtle, but so powerful...incredible access to Garcia's wonderful works...
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - - March 13, 2011
Subject: Tough show to rate
Let's face it, this is one gorgeous aud recording. No question there. What is questionable is the actual performance which I felt was seriously lacking. Bobby gives it his all (excellent It's All Over Now, Miracle, Estimated) but Jerry's clearly not having a good night. Stagger Lee has to rank among the worst performances of this tune but on the flipside, Jerry just unleashes on Jack Straw with some lightning runs. That sums up this performance... Jerry's performances on his own songs are flat but on Bobby's tunes he does well which makes for a bit of an up-and-down ride.
Aside from that, the psychedelic-era run of Other One > Dark Star is pretty cool and worth a listen.
Reviewer: Deadheadable - - January 20, 2011
Subject: Salo 13
They wiped out Keith and Donna they were there in spirt (very little) only.....Garcia later!
Reviewer: salo13 - - July 5, 2010
Subject: curiosity
A very nice digital remastering of a tape that circulated around upstate New York in the 1980's with the title "Grateful Dead: Somewhere On Earth". It wasn't until later someone told my circle that it was the Shea's Theatre concert of 1979.

Kudos to the taper who made such a nice recording with just a stereo pair and analog tape; some of the comments seem to suggest he is/was a well-respected recordist.

I am not a Deadhead by any stretch but I do listen to them occasionally and am familiar with their styles and periods. This performance seems very "mellow" in comparison to a standard performance by this band, and my conservatory-trained ears tell me that the band is a bit "off" at times; it doesn't seem to me that there are any keyboards present in the mix. I have wondered if the Godchauxs were both present here; is it possible this concert was performed as a quintet with no keyboards, or is Mr. Godchaux just wiped out of the mix because he wasn't playing much by this point? Enlighten me please.
Sometimes I hear something that sounds like a keyboard but there are no solos per se.

The nicest part to me is the noodling jam after the drum solos, in the key of C with the marimba-type percussion. Garcia plays some very nice lines; his time is excellent, and he's very in control of his chromaticism and targeting notes; he alters the tonality nicely to take it back to E-minor for Lesh to play his signature lick on "The Other One".

The band is maybe a little too laid back for their own good on this night, and I don't think this is one for the ages, but it certainly has its good moments. They sound like a band having some personal troubles and are in transition, though not necessarily just going through the motions for the money.
Reviewer: Out_To_Lunch - - February 21, 2010
Subject: Masterpiece
Just exactly perfect!
Every nuance is apparent in this rare gem.
I've spend hours searching out auds like this one - and now it's time to settle back and soak it all in. Thank You.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - - August 9, 2009
Subject: In Praise of the Combined Efforts
Of people who labor in love to bring us delightful sounding streams such as this. 'Tis truly shocking that tapers could get such wonderfully accurate recordings.

1979 was a challenge for we who are Phil Phreaks for in many of that year's SBD's his bass sound is farty. Not so in this masterpiece of an AUD. The bass in full force plows fertile bottomland -- kudos to Mr Ashley for bringing it to the forefront.

Perhaps the performance isn't the best ever but Jerry Moore's recording and Jay's Re-do of Charlie's Remaster makes this a soothing fire on a fiercely cold evening in Buffalo, NY.

Buffalo may be a harsh winter place but the people there rock -- no doubt about it.

There is no Donna on this recording and though I loved her dearly, she is not missed on this particular night. This was just prior to her and Keith leaving the band.
Reviewer: verylazylightning - - July 18, 2009
Subject: Holy Smokes What A Recording!
Even if the show stank (it's just the opposite), I'd listen to this anyway. Excellent reference recording to judge others by. While it lacks just the tiniest bit of top-end pinpoint clarity, the color, fullness and blend of this effort lend a very rare richness to the sound. Kudos to the boys
and the taper for a combined superlative effort!
Reviewer: CharlieMiller - - July 18, 2009
Subject: My source
This is actually a remaster of my remaster of someone elses transfer of jerry moores killer recoridng :)
Reviewer: Direwolfman - - July 15, 2009
Subject: Very Nice Recording
Great job guys, The sound quality is excellent. This Peggy O was tasty. See you a the dance.
Reviewer: powderpig - - July 14, 2009
Subject: Amazing AUD
To be honest, I'm not usually a big fan of AUD tapes, but this one is simply out of this world!
Very sweet show and crystal clear sound. Jerry's guitar & voice come thru so sweetly. Give this a listen. You won't be dissapointed.
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